Community health clinics provide protection against flu

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It’s not too late to get a flu shot. That’s the message being conveyed to San Diegans who haven’t yet been vaccinated.

We talked to some of the people who showed up at Palomar Medical Center in Poway on Monday, to take advantage of free flu shots at a community health clinic.

One of those getting a vaccine was a Mira Mesa caregiver who told us she did not want to run the risk of infecting her patients.

Another woman said her daughter insisted that she receive a vaccine, to protect the health of a new 2-month-old granddaughter.

This has been a very bad year for flu cases, with more than 1,200 people getting sick from July of last year through the second week of January. 142 deaths have been reported which is about ten times more than the deaths over the same period last year.

Luanne Arangio-Law, a nurse who supervises the flu program for Palomar Health said the vaccine remains the best means of preventing the flu.

“You can consider flu shots or getting immunizations like wearing a seat belt or getting car insurance. You hope you never have to use it, but if something happens, then it’s protection. It’s not perfect, but even 30 percent is better than nothing.” Arangio-Law said

On Tuesday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency will release the latest number of influenza cases and deaths

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